Resist the devil and he will flee from you

By Bishop Michael Hawkins, Diocese of Saskatchewan

The story of Jesus’ temptation, like that of His passion and death, is an account of power unexercised.

In the Garden of Eden, at the tower of Babel, in Jesus’ temptation and passion, the issue is power. For the opposite of love is power. Love gives and power takes.

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National Notes: Ecumenical effort to build model village in Haiti

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), has teamed up with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to construct a model village for 200 families in Haiti. PWRDF is the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada.

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PWRDF invites you to reflect on food this Lent

As we enter into the season of Lent PWRDF invites you to reflect on food – its production and consumption – and how it connects us to our families, communities, global partners and God’s creation.

Each week through the seven weeks of Lent the PWRDF will post excerpts from “Fast for Change – 7 Days to Tend the Earth” a booklet containing scripture passages, reflections, and ideas for action and change for each of you to consider. 

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Classic Anglican videos available online

Anglican Video has dug into its archives and digitized another batch of classic long and short features, each covering a different aspect of life in the Anglican Church of Canada. The videos—on baptism, Indigenous Peoples, sexual misconduct, and a former Primate—are available for free viewing through the Anglican Church of Canada's website. Several can also be downloaded and used as resources for local communities.

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Lenten Podcast Series

The Anglican Church of Canada is releasing a series of 10 short podcasts to support people's personal devotions during Lent. The series "Solemnity and surprise" is written and delivered by Sister Margaret Hayward, a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Church.


Risking frostbite, Anglicans bless waters

In most parts of Canada, January isn't the greatest time to hang out by open water. It's cold, it's windy, and if you stand still too long, your face will freeze.

Yet it's worth the discomfort if you're there for divine purposes. Such was the case for some Indigenous Anglicans who this year picked up the Eastern Orthodox tradition of the Great Blessing of Water. The outdoor event happens on or close to Jan. 19, the feast of Christ's baptism known as "Theophany."

The adaptation was led by National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, who held two chilly services: one in Kingfisher Lake, Ont., and one in Toronto.

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Spreading the Gospel from Saskatchewan to Uganda

Bishop Hawkins, Canon Caleb Twinamatsiko and Canon Paul Jeffries gather after the unveiling of the commemoration plaque, held in August 2010 in Uganda.Bishop McAllister College and Seminary, located in Kyogyera, Uganda, is home to more than 700 Ugandan students.

Twelve years ago the school expanded its programme beyond theological studies to include secondary education. There was a shortage of schools and an increasing need for education among Ugandan children.

Many challenges faced the children, but among the most difficult were inadequate facilities.

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Photos from Big River consecration

To see more images from the January consecration of Christ Church, Big River, visit the Photo galleries using the link at the top of the page, or click here to go directly to the gallery.


Christ Church consecrated in Big River

What is that famous quote from the movie Field of Dreams?  “If you build it they will come”.  Not in this case “If you baptize them they will build it in eight months and then they will come”!!  

Some of the clergy of the diocese present at the Consecration.And they came. Clergy from Cumberland House, Red Earth, Stanley Mission, Little Red Reserve, Meadow Lake, Prince Albert, Fort a la Corne and Pelican Narrows.  And the people in Big River First Nation came, young and old, as old as 98 and 100 to the Consecration of their church on January 14, 2012.  They remember the old church and that someone deliberately burned it down in 1993.

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Parishioner honoured in Shellbrook

By Joyce Brunton

Dora Fraser receives certificate of appreciation from Rev. Stephen Harnish. Photo Joyce BruntonRev. Stephen Harnish presented Dora Fraser with a certificate of appreciation, on behalf Bishop Michael Hawkins, for her commitment and devotion to the Anglican Church and in particular St. Andrew’s ACW, during the annual Leask and Shellbrook ACW Christmas party on Dec. 1 in Shellbrook.

Dora has been a lifetime member of St Andrew’s since her baptism in 1919. Dora ensured her children were brought up in the Anglican faith, having all six baptized, attend Sunday school and brought to the bishop for confirmation.

Sixty-eight years ago, Dora joined the then Women’s Auxiliary. During her years as a member of St  Andrew’s Church, Dora has held several lay offices, from prayer partner to president of the ACW, as well as a notable voice in the church choir for many years.

Many recall that her lemon pies were always a favorite at church suppers and various church functions.

Betty Barkway, president of the ACW, presented Dora with a gift and offered kind words about her years of service. Although we will miss her cheerful smile and friendly greeting on Sunday mornings, we wish her God’s blessing as she makes her new home with her daughter in Saskatoon.


Ladies of the Parish of Leask and Shellbrook ACW gather after their annual Christmas party on Dec. 1 in Shellbrook, along with Rev. Stephen Harnish (back right). One of the ladies, Dora Fraser, was honoured by the Diocese of Saskatchewan with a certificate of appreciation. Photo: Joyce Brunton